The MAC’s top performers in Week 5 were recognized over the past few days, and FDU-Florham received plenty of love following its win in the final seconds at Wilkes on Saturday.
Here’s a quick look back at the latest week of MAC football:
FDU-Florham 32, Wilkes 28
Albright 27, King’s 7
Stevenson 48, Misericordia 0
Widener 24, Lycoming 21 (4OT)
Delaware Valley 48, Lebanon Valley 0
Stevenson’s shutout of Misericordia helped it move up a spot in both the D3football.com and AFCA polls this week. The Mustangs (5-0, 4-0 MAC) are No. 19 and 21 in those respective polls. They’ll play a pair of games — including a showdown with Delaware Valley — before playing at King’s on Oct. 29 and hosting Wilkes on Nov. 5.
Speaking of Delaware Valley, the team’s back on the winning track with a shutout of its own. It came one week after falling to defending MAC champion Albright, 20-17. That helped previously-ranked Del Val (4-1, 3-1 MAC) slide onto the edge of both polls — it had more vote-points than any other team outside both Top 25s.
FDU-Florham couldn’t have knocked off Wilkes for the second straight season without the help of senior wide receiver Esaun Mobley.
The Devils picked up their first win of the season when it scored a touchdown with three seconds remaining last weekend. Mobley didn’t score on that drive, but he was a difference-maker all game with nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns. FDU targeted him often, usually on fades or deep shots down the sideline; an end-zone interception occurred once, but Mobley delivered.
With that performance, Mobley earned one of the two wide receiver spots on D3football.com’s Team of the Week for Week 5.
In addition, Mobley was named the MAC’s Offensive Player of the Week. He wasn’t the only Devil recognized for his efforts in the game. Other recipients of the conference’s weekly honors were:
Defensive Player of the Week: Isaiah Tuner, FDU-Florham sophomore linebacker. Turner collected 19 tackles to lead both sides in the win over Wilkes, including a sack-and-a-half and 5.5 tackles for loss.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Michael Raczak, Widener freshman kicker/punter. Widener and Lycoming ended regulation tied 14-14 and each scored only one touchdown through three overtime periods. When Lycoming was backed up to a fourth-and-20 at the 35, Widener caused a sack to get the ball and proceeded to rush three times and let Raczak take care of the rest. Raczak kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Pride a 24-21 win in four overtimes.